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Daydream Island set to reopen after $100m refurbishment 11:50am, Fri 26 Jul 2019

Update: July, 2019

Following an extensive redevelopment Daydream Island Resort is open for business and now offers 277 contemporary rooms and suites with the choice of interconnecting rooms for families and special access rooms available on request.

The Living Reef, will be making its return to the island in an even bigger and better way, further cementing its eco-friendly and educational focus. The free form coral lagoon will wrap 200m around the central building and hold over 1.5 million litres of water.

Guests will be able to join the team of marine biologists who live on the island and feed baby stingrays who live amongst over 100 species of marine fish, coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs. A new underwater observatory will also allow guests to view 4 metres below the water’s surface to watch the marine life in action.

There is an expanded food and beverage offering across the island with three restaurants and three bars including an exciting new Asian fusion restaurant Infinity as well as the private Teppanyaki Suite offering diners an unforgettable dining experience. Graze Interactive Dining will welcome the outdoors in with draping greenery and floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the Living Reef. It will be an interactive marketplace with live cooking stations and diverse dining options. Inkstone Kitchen and Bar will focus on modern Australian cuisine with local produce and Australian native flavours at the heart of the menu.

The island has a revitalised pool landscape allowing you to swim and enjoy unparallel views across the Whitsundays. Complimented by a poolside bar inclusive of a new burger concept serving gourmet burgers, sliders alongside fresh smoothies and tropical cocktails.

An exclusive adult only area will cater to those in search of a sanctuary and a little slice of peace and quiet.

With a host of activities for to experience such as snorkelling, helicopter tours exploring the islands & surrounding Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, sailboats and jetski hire. The resort will also feature an expansive pool, coral beaches, outdoor cinema, gym facilities and unlimited access to non-motorised water activities

Update: November 6, 2018

Daydream Island, has announced it will reopen with a soft launch on 10 April 2019.

The reopening comes after an extensive two-year redevelopment, following Cyclone Debbie which caused significant damage to the island in early 2017.

A new brand identity has been designed in conjunction with global brand agency Interbrand, including a new logo.

Meanwhile, the resort itself has undergone a significant renovation of its 277 rooms and suites, dining concepts and public spaces.

Director of sales and marketing Jayson Heron said the rebrand was an important step for the island’s transformation.

“The island has undergone a huge journey from the devastation caused in 2017 by Cyclone Debbie and we wanted the new brand to signal the evolution of the island,” he said.

Daydream Island recently appointed Bradley Martin as executive chef and Adrian Tyler as food and beverage manager.

The pair will lead the resort’s three restaurants: Graze Interactive Dining, Infinity and Inkstone Kitchen and Bar and three bars: Barefoot Bar, Tonic and Silica.

The island will also offer a revitalised pool area with views across the Great Barrier Reef and complemented by a poolside bar and new burger concept.

Daydream Island is currently taking bookings from 10 April 2019 onwards


One of the Whitsundays' most iconic island resorts is on the mend after sustaining significant damage during Cyclone Debbie in March last year. Baring the brunt of the storm with wind gusts of up to 260km/h  the tidal surge was the cause and result of the resorts temporary closure.

But owner China Capital Investment Group has pumped $100 million into repair and redevelopment works to have the luxury island resort reopened to guests by the end of September.

Head of sales and marketing for Daydream Island, Jayson Heron, said refurbishments included new rooms, bars, restaurants, swimming pools and an improved outdoor interactive reef, which guests could use for snorkelling or marine-life feeding

The island's iconic mermaid statues were washed away during the storm surge, and a decision had not been made on whether they would feature in the resort's new design.

The island's beaches and surrounding corals were also impacted by the cyclone, with the shoreline slowly recovering.

Whitsunday dive operator Tony Fontes said tourism operators diversified the experiences they offered and were offering more onshore activities like island bushwalks and beach day trips.

"The tourism industry is resilient here, and we're lucky we have the islands and have different options," Mr Fontes said.

Daydream Island Resort will have their soft opening from 29 September 2018 with all resort facilities operational by 1 November 2018.

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